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  • Haviland Acquires Baleco International

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Haviland Pool and Spa Products has acquired Baleco International Inc. of North Bend, Ohio. Baleco International offers a wide variety of pool water treatment products, including Aquamate and Maintain Pool Pro, and also provides private labeling services. Baleco began as Cincinnati Soap Center in 1958 before adding pool chemistry in 1962. Baleco moved to its current 100,000 square...

  • New North American Thermoplastics Partnership Opens Doors

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    Two international firms have formed a new joint venture to distribute vinyl products in North America. The firms, Haogenplast Ltd., based out of Israel, and Ontario-based Pixiu Solutions Inc., will operate under the name pH Plastics Inc. and will be based in Brantford, Ontario.

    The joint venture combines the expert manufacturing capabilities of Haogenplast Ltd. and the distribution and market knowledge from Pixiu Solutions Inc. Both companies own 50 percent of the joint...

  • Pool Conference Draws Large, Concerned Audience

    by AQUA Editors February 2017

    In an effort to promote swimming and support public aquatic facilities, Paddock Pool Equipment staged its first-ever Ultimate Pool Conference January 25 to 27 in Charlotte, N.C. The event drew 247 attendees that included not only members of the pool and spa industry but also community leaders, coaches, Olympic swimmers and others interested in keeping the sport of swimming afloat in their communities.

    According Don...

  • Is "Virtual" The New Reality of Spa Sales?

    by Cailley Hammel February 2017

    Virtual reality is one of the biggest movements in technology right now, largely due to its simple premise: Just put on a headset and you can be transported to a whole new world.

    Naturally, VR perfectly complements the gaming industry — its inherent qualities, like first-person perspective and the ability to look in all directions, blur the line between reality and the game world like never before. (It's no surprise that VR headsets were the hot item for Christmas.) At the same...

  • Taylor Technologies Partners with Blake Sales Associates

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    Taylor Technologies, an industry leader in the development and manufacturing of water test kits, reagents and test strips, is teaming up with Blake Sales Associates, Inc. Located in Vista, Calif., Blake Sales Associates will be serving as Taylor’s sales representative to resellers in the Western region of the United States. Until now, Taylor staff handled distributor and retail sales in the West internally. However, the...

  • Spec Chem Direct Expands to Larger Facility

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    Spec Chem Direct, a specialty chemical manufacturer that sells exclusively direct to brick & mortar dealers and service professionals, continues to growth at a rapid pace and has just moved into a new 15,000 square foot facility to accommodate its growth. This marks the third move for the Seattle-based manufacturing company.

    "The goal is to outgrow this place as soon as we can,” says president Nick Scappini.

    Spec Chem...

  • From Pools to Schools

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The pool and spa industry isn't always considered a crucible of business thought, but perhaps it ought to be. Many fine entrepreneurs have sprung from the ranks of pool and spa companies, and they have much to teach the coming generations about making it in a free enterprise system.

    To that end, Stewart Vernon, founder and CEO of America's Swimming Pool Company, has offered his experience building a successful service chain to students at the Stetson School of Business and Economics...

  • Sponsored Video: King Technology @ease

    by King Technology January 2017

    Earning money through repeat sales from happy customers just got a lot easier. So easy we call it @ease. The latest product from FROG sanitizes hot tubs by creating Fresh Mineral Water that’s cleaner, clearer, softer and easier to take care of thanks to SmartChlor Technology, which self-regulates to reduce chlorine use up to 75 percent and shocking to only once a month. The best part — @ease replacements are 3X more profitable than dichlor, so your aftermarket business will increase...

  • APSP/NSPF Merger: What Happened?

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?

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  • Haviland Taps Joe Lusky for Sales

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Haviland Pool & Spa Products, makers of seven unique pool and spa chemical lines including ProTeam, SpaPure and Salt Support, is pleased to announce the hiring of Joe Lusky to the position of regional sales account manager for the company. Lusky is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in everything from sales and service to distribution. In his new role, Lusky will be responsible for managing Haviland’s Central/Mountain distribution network as well as supplying...